Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jazz Festival announces full 2018 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona on Tuesday announced the lineup for this year's festival, the XRIJF's 17th edition, and to music fans, the most wonderful time of the year. The festival runs June 22 through June 30 in downtown Rochester.

Having already announced this year's Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre headliners -- Seal, BozScaggs, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Lake Street Dive, and Jill Scott -- the press shindig focused on the artists performing at the Club Pass venues and the free outdoor stages.

This year's lineup is a broad mix of artists that have played the XRIJF before and rookies who are new to this world-class event. Some of the returning favorites are Stephane Wrembel, The Joe Locke Group, Terell Stafford Quintet, Joey Alexander Trio, Davina and The Vagabonds, Robin McKelle, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, The Bad Plus, and Junior Brown.

The new blood in the lineup includes Django Bates' Beloved, The Dmitri Matheny Group, Tower of Power, Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, and Vicki Kristina Barcelona Sings the Music of Tom Waits.

There will be one new Club Pass venue, the 1,100-capacity Temple Building Theater. And in addition to the free stages on Jazz Street (Gibbs Street), East & Chestnut, and the RG&E Fusion stage, there will be a new outdoor free stage: Manhattan Square Park for the final Friday. The lineup for the free stages includes Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Tower of Power, Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, Vintage Trouble, and St. Germain, plus a plethora of Rochester-based artists.

Club Pass options have already been announced. There will be four buying options: non-transferable three-day ($184) and nine-day ($204) passes, and transferable three-day ($194) and nine-day ($244) passes. The XRIJF site is rochesterjazz.com. Check out the full lineup below, and be sure to pick up CITY's Jazz Festival Preview Guide on Wednesday, June 13.

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Separately ticketed; 8 p.m.)


Boz Scaggs

Bujazz Orchestra + ESM Jazz Ensemble for the Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Night

Béla Fleck & TheFlecktones

Alison Krauss

Lake Street Dive

Jill Scott

Kilbourn Hall ($35 or Club Pass; 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.)

Terell Stafford Quintet

Melissa Aldana

One for All

The Royal Bopsters

Joe Locke Group

Songs of Freedom

Vincent Herring Quartet

Nicholas Payton Front & Center

Matt Wilson's Honey & Salt Band

Max of Eastman Place ($30 or Club Pass; 6:15 p.m. & 10 p.m.)

Duchess Trio

Des Sourcils

Star People featuring Bobby Militello

Joe Farnsworth Quartet featuring Eric Alexander

House of Waters

Megumi Yonezawa Trio

Gwyneth Herbert

Stephane Wrembel

William Sperandei Quartet featuring Pat Labarbera

Christ Church ($30 or Club Pass; 6:45 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)

Will Vinson Trio

Django Bates Beloved Trio

Beats 'n' Pieces


Zara McFarlane

Julian Siegel Quartet

Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent "Songbook"

Gwyneth Herbert

Mark Lewandowski Trio

Montage Music Hall ($30 or Club Pass; 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.)

Hip SpanicAllstars

Ron Artis II & The Truth

Christian Sands Trio

Moon Hooch

Vicki Christina Barcelona plays The Music of Tom Waits

Liz Vice

Davina & The Vagabonds

Buried Treasure featuring Bari Koral

Akiko Tsuruga Trio

Xerox Auditorium ($30 or Club Pass; 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.)

Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez

Mwenso & The Shakes

Jack Broadbent

Strings Attached

Bujazz Orchestra

Shake Stew

GoGo Penguin

Geoffrey Keezer Trio

Gap Mangione Big Band celebrating Gap's 70th birthday

Hatch Recital Hall ($30 or Club Pass; 5:45 p.m & 7:45 p.m.)

Matt Savage

David Hazeltine

Bill Dobbins

Christian Sands

Gary Versace

Harold Danko

Megumi Yonezawa

Jean Michel Pilc

Geoffrey Keezer

Lutheran Church: Nordic & Euro Jazz Now ($30 or Club Pass; 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.)

Marius Neset


Kuara Trio

Trail of Souls

Lucia Cadotsch "Speak Low"


Pilc - Moutin - Hoenig

MaciejObara Quartet

Thomas Stronen

Squeezers Stage at Anthology ($30 or Club Pass; 7:45 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.)

Phony PPL

Charlie Lindner Trio with Danielle Ponder & Friends


Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why

Junior Brown

Rai Thistlethwayte

Ghost Note with Mononeon

Jazz is PHSH

Eric Krasno Band

Harro East Ballroom ($30 or Club Pass; 5:30 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.)

MindiAbair & The Boneshakers

Jack Broadbent

Dustbowl Revival

Cold Chocolate

All our Exes Live in Texas

Ghost Note with Mononeon

The Suffers

Robin McKelle

Deva Mahal

The Wilder Room ($30 or Club Pass; 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.)

Sara Gazarek Quartet

Doug Stone Quartet featuring Josiah Williams

Charlie Pillow Trio

Paul Jost

Dmitri Matheny Group Jazz Noir

Kate McGarry Trio

Amanda Monaco Quartet

Rochester Jazz All Stars

Bill Goodwin Trio

Temple Theater ($30 or Club Pass; 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.)

Joey Alexander Trio

The Bad Plus

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Jazzmeia Horn

Jazz Goes to the Movies with Mark Watters

Jerry Granelli Band

Sultans of String

Big Tent (Free; 6 p.m.)

Prime Time Brass

78 RPM Big Band

Penfield Rotary Big band

Brockport Big Band

Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra

Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra

Syndicate Jazz Band

Greece Jazz Band

New Energy Big Band

Big Tent ($30 or Club Pass; 8:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.)

Ron Artis II & The Truth

Hip SpanicAllstars

Moon Hooch

Johnny Goldtooth & The Chevy Casanovas

Johannes Linstead Guitar of Fire

Davina & The Vagabonds


TFunk Crew

Butcher Brown

East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (Free; 7 p.m.)

Vintage Trouble. Opener: Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! Opener: Significant Other

St. Germian. Opener: The Klick

Tower of Power. Opener: Toronto Community Soul Project

Manhattan Square Park (Free; 7 p.m.)

Pokey Lafarge. Opener: Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

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